The 51st NASN Conference, Climbing Toward Our Peak, is officially in the books. The variety of educational opportunities were endless, including focus on data collection, evidence-based practice and alignment of school nursing to the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice.
Minnesota was well represented with 19 of your colleagues in attendance at the event. The general sessions included navigating undocumented life in schools, survivors of sexual assault and school culture building, ACEs impacting school communities, medical cannabis, FDA plans for tobacco regulation and collaboration in school nursing. Multiple breakout sessions with a variety of school health and nursing topics were available for attendees, all meaningful to our professional practice.
We thanked our outgoing NASN President, Nina Fekaris and welcomed Laurie Combe to her new role as President of NASN. We celebrated Sue Nokleby, retired district 287, as a new NASN Fellow, recognizing her contributions nationally. Karen Lief, District 197-Henry Sibley, was awarded a scholarship for continuing her professional development in her DNP Program.
Watch for data collection initiatives from both your NASN and SNOM organizations. Participation is imperative for the growth of our profession and support of our students and schools. Your work and contributions to education is your story to tell!
If you were unable to attend, access the NASN website to participate in the learning activities at your convenience. Your SNOM/NASN membership provides you with many ongoing CEU activities!
Please join us next year in Las Vegas for NASN and in Minnesota for your SNOM Conference and Annual Meeting November 1 and 2. The new LSN orientation will take place on August 13 and 14.
Take care, rest, rejuvenate and I hope to see you soon!
Deb Mehr, SNOM President